June 11, 2014

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Dr. Louis T. Almen, former Thiel College president, dies

Dr. Louis T. Almen, former Thiel College president, dies

Dr. Louis T. Almen, who led Thiel College from 1976 to 1990 as its 15th president died June 3 in Oviedo, Fla. He was 88.

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Thiel Fund giving campaign ends soon

The diverse work of nearly 300 individuals at Thiel College have made the campus the vibrant community it is today by sharing their time and talents. A choice to share your treasure, by making a gift to the Thiel Fund during this year's campaign, which ends June 30, allows Thiel College to build an even stronger community. Contact Leta Jeffers at 724-589-2042 with questions or make at gift at (724) 589-FUND (3863) or thielfund@thiel.edu. Thanks in advance for your generosity.

Balas taking leadership role with PennACE

Heather Balas, Thiel College director of Career Development, was elected Vice President/President Elect of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers. Her term as Secretary ends in June begins her new role July 1. In this role, she will be responsible for the entire PennACE Conference next May as well as training to take over as President of the organization in July of 2015. This year, Balas ran the programming committee for the conference and was chosen to present two sessions – one as a joint effort with two other board members to help newcomers learn about the organization and the conference and one to report on the outcomes from our Year of Service event that we held through a PennACE grant.

Heartfelt Miller speech showcases Thiel College videos available

Watch Prof. David Miller's emotional speech at the May 3 luncheon announcing the initiative to fund an endowed chair in Prof. Miller’s name. A video playlist showcasing highlights from this event, which also featured comments from Thiel College President Troy D. VanAken, Thiel College Board of Trustees Chair Mark Benninghoff ’82 and Vice Chair Dr. Barry Stamm ’70, is available on YouTube. Videos from Thiel College’s 140th Commencement exercises are also now posted. To stay up-to-date on all of Thiel College's institutional videos, follow Thiel College on Google+.

   Youtube   Watch the speeches on YouTube
   Flickr   Browse photos from the event on Flickr

In The News

T-Notes will occasionally feature Thiel College's appearance in local, regional or national media.

Student News

Thiel Alumna earns fellowship from Alpha Chi

Thiel College alumna Emily Petrak '14 was recently named the H.Y. Benedict Fellowship by Alpha Chi National College Honor Society for 2014-15. Petrak was October Student of the Month in 2013 and received Summa Cum Laude Latin Honors and Dean's Key recognition at Commencement. Dean's Key is awarded to students who make Dean's list all eight semesters. Petrak was also active in track and field and other organizations and honorary societies.The $2,500 fellowship is awarded to students who are in the top 10 percent of their junior, senior or graduate class at their institutions.

Special Notes

HR Notes

Thiel College welcomes:

  • Kelly Barzak, Volleyball coach
  • Matthew Jones, Police Officer
  • Jeremy Handler, Assistant soccer coach
  • Donte Jones-Jeter, Intern Assistant Football Coach
  • Michael Donato, Assistant Football Coach
  • Pegene Watts, Managing Advisor WXTC Radio
  • Nancy Castor, Assistant Professor of Education


Campus Events

Mark Your Calendar

Finding activities on campus is easier and more complete now as the Sports Information posts sports schedules to the Calendar of Events.

Community Events

12th Annual Strawberry Festival & Auction
Sunday, June 22, 1 p.m.

The Ridgewood at Shenango Valley, One Elston Way

The event features live and ticket auctions, a 50/50 raffle and a progressive raffle for a $500 cash prize. Homemade strawberry desserts will be served, auction items include gift baskets, gift certificates, art, autographed sports memorbilia, golf packages, toys and more. Auction proceeds benefit the Good Samaritan Fund. Admission is $1 or one non-expired canned food item per person, which will be given to the Community Food Warehouse, Sharon.

Greenville Fourth of July Parade
July 4, 11 a.m.

The Borough of Greenville's Fourth of July Parade is at 11 a.m. July 4 is accepting applications for participants. The parade will start at Riverside Park and continue onto Main Street. Go to greenvilleborough.com to download parade entry form or follow this link. Deadline to register a float for the parade is June 27.

Sans MOCO Art Auction
July 3, 6 p.m.

Sans MOCO Gallery & Atelier is hosting its third annual art auction to kickoff Heritage Days. Proceeds from the auction will be used to offset the costs of a new roof and air conditioning system at the gallery Tickets for the auction are $20 per person and $30 per couple. Any artist who donates a piece of artwork to the auction gets two free tickets. Tickets are available at Fresh Grounds Coffeehouse, 172 Main Str., Greenville.

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